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Dog owner charged with abuse told to pay up or surrender custody

Rochester, N.Y. -- Brett Neil walked away when we tried to talk to him outside of city court. His attorney said Neil had nothing to say about the alleged abuse of his dog Princess.

Animal rights advocates wore pink shirts to support Princess. They don't want the dog returned to Neil and said they are prepared to offer him a thousand dollars for the dog.

Neil's attorney said he has received letters from a hundred people who want to adopt Princess.

Attorney Vincent Merante said his client will decide next week whether to surrender custody of the dog or pay the medical bills for her care at Lollypop Farm.

Merante said he hasn't seen the video of the alleged abuse. It shows the dog being hit and sprayed with a hose.

Animal lover Angela Sinatra-Vito said when people see that kind of abuse, it affects them.

That's why she believes so many people are fighting for Princess.

Animal Rights Advocates from as far away as Utica came to court hoping to get a decision on what will happen to Princess.

They were disappointed in the adjournment but said they will be back.

Neil returns to City Court next Wednesday November 6 at 2 p.m.

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